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    Talent Spotter : Nasir Nawaz

    A profile of a young batting all-rounder from South Waziristan whose big hitting in the recently concluded National T20 Cup caught the eye of many Pakistani cricket enthusiasts.


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    Full name: Nasir Nawaz

    Born: October 5, 1998, South Waziristan

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s, Rawalpindi


    Interest in Cricket

    I first got interested in playing cricket watching my elder brother who used to play every Sunday in a ground nearby our house. I would accompany my brother and carry his kit. Sometimes I would get to pick up his bat or at other times, throw the ball at batsmen. At that time, I also saw players from the Bajwa Cricket Academy which was run by famous coach Asif Bajwa. I liked the way Asif Bajwa would enforce discipline and teach the young kids how to bat and bowl; the effort he put in was great and I too wanted to be part of this setup.

    I told my father about it and he took me along for trials, but I was only 11 years old and I was told that I was too young to join the academy. But I didn’t give up and I would go to the Bajwa academy with my kitbag on a bicycle on a journey which took almost 2 hours. I was eventually admitted in the academy but for the first 2 years I was only allowed to field. I only got to bat in 2012 after putting in some hard time in the field, but I made an impact immediately when I made my batting debut. I recall that in that game, I went in to bat a time when eight wickets were down and the team looked like losing this match. I came on the field and scored 29 runs to win the game for the club. Asif Bajwa was really impressed by my batting and I became opener for the club for a few years.


    Playing U16 cricket for Rawalpindi region

    With the confidence of playing club cricket, I went for trials for regional U16s in 2012. At that time, I had little idea of how the whole system worked and what level of maturity was expected of players but I am thankful to Asif Bajwa who got me ready for these trials and his work made sure that I was selected for Rawalpindi Under 16s. Because of his support, my confidence was sky-high as I played my first U16 regional tournament, the Pepsi PCB Cricket Stars Under-16s Tournament 2012/13, where I was the top scorer with 220 runs. The next year wasn't that productive for me as I just played 2 games and scored only 43 runs in total, but for me all that was part of learning to cope with ups and downs in cricket and hopefully, that was a lesson I learnt for my future.


    Joining Gul Club in Rawalpindi and playing U19 for Rawalpindi Region

    On completion of my U16 years, I said goodbye to Bajwa Club and joined the Gul Club in Rawalpindi in 2015 as that was a better placed club for U19 cricket. I was then selected for U19 team for the Rawalpindi region. Despite some initial difficulties where my batting position was not settled, I found my place in the team as an opener. Then in the Inter-Region U19 tournament (2015/2016), I played 5 matches scoring 233 runs and had an impressive haul of 15 wickets. These performances did not go unnoticed by the selectors when it came to selection for the squad for the ACC U19 Asia Cup in 2016 which was held in Sri Lanka.


    Captaining Pakistan U19 in the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2016 in Sri Lanka

    I was invited to a preparatory camp for the ACC U19 Asia Cup in 2016 and was selected to play for the team. They asked me if I would like to captain the team and I agreed even though I had no real experience of captaincy at this level. I suppose the weight of captaincy on my shoulders took its toll and I could only score 70 runs in the tournament, although I took 4 wickets which was somewhat satisfying. As a team, we could not qualify for the semi-final stage and so overall this was not a great outing for the Pakistan U19s.


    Experience of playing Pakistan Cup in 2017

    I played two matches for Punjab team in the Pakistan Cup in 2017. Although I had always played as an opener, for some reason, I was asked to play as a fast-bowler. Whilst I am quite happy calling myself an all-rounder, it was a tough call for me as this was my List A debut season and I did not perform that well, scoring just 27 runs and taking one wicket in 2 games that I played.


    Playing in National T20 Cup 2017

    I played three games for Rawalpindi in this tournament but the one that I and many others remember was my innings of 42 against FATA. This was a tough run-chase, but I really enjoyed it and contributed in my team’s dramatic victory with one ball remaining. I really like playing Day/Night cricket and when I was told the day before that I will open the innings, I was really happy, and I guess my confidence paid off on that day. I did enjoy playing those big shots that day and hopefully this is the first of many such innings I will play in the future.


    Hardik Pandya as role model

    I feel that I can serve any team I play in as a fast-bowling all-rounder who can open the innings in batting. In terms of a role model, the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is my role model. I really like and enjoy his style of play and I like many was impressed in the way he played against us in the final of the Champions Trophy. Faheem Ashraf is another player I admire but since I am a right-hander, Pandya is closer to my style of game.


    Hopes of playing for Pakistan A and future aspirations

    Like any other player of my age and experience, my eyes are focused towards representing Pakistan A in the future. Hopefully based on good performances at that level, I will look for a position in the Pakistan senior side. Along the way, I would like to be part of the Pakistan U19 squad for the ICC U19 World Cup which is to be held in New Zealand early next year. The selection camp is underway, and I am hoping that I will get selected for this major tournament. Of course, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is also one of the big things in Pakistan cricket and I would be overjoyed if I can get to play in one of the teams for this prestigious tournament.


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    Very surprised he did not play again for pindi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    Very surprised he did not play again for pindi.
    They have another very talented youngster playing for them #SohailTanwir

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    Used to play with him at Gul club, very talented player.

    He is a proper batsmen, not a bowler.


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    He has a brother named abid. Good spinner and batsmen. If that guy becomes alittle more serious, he will also be playing pindi soon.


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    Is he eligible for u19 worldcup in 2018?

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    Quote Originally Posted by run-out View Post
    Is he eligible for u19 worldcup in 2018?
    He seemed to indicate he was.


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    Some of his shots in that innings were clean as a whistle. Hopefully he doesn't fade away like many other prospects have

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    Quote Originally Posted by run-out View Post
    Is he eligible for u19 worldcup in 2018?
    Clarification on this. The cutoff is September for being U19. His birthday is in October.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Clarification on this. The cutoff is September for being U19. His birthday is in October.
    So not eligible?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    So not eligible?
    He is.

    He had to be <19 in September. And he was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Clarification on this. The cutoff is September for being U19. His birthday is in October.
    Ok sir ! Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    He has a brother named abid. Good spinner and batsmen. If that guy becomes alittle more serious, he will also be playing pindi soon.
    What type of spinner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Clarification on this. The cutoff is September for being U19. His birthday is in October.
    wrt U19 tournaments, I think "Age at Date of Final Match" is what they consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    What type of spinner?
    left arm off


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    left arm ORTHODOX
    Corrected

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    No place for Nasir in Pak U19 CWC squad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    No place for Nasir in Pak U19 CWC squad.
    sad

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    Poor decision not to select him for the U19 CWC. I suspect he spoke his mind too freely during the NT20 Cup. At this stage in his career, he needs to focus on his performances.

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    So he missed out on the U19 World Cup squad.

    No connections probably.



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    Has Nawaz been picked up by any PSL team yet?

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    Frustrating that he is not part of either Pakistan under 19 World Cup Squad or PSL.


    Two players who did not play Domestic U 19 Cricket for 1 year because they were deemed overage made a surprise comeback directly to Pakistan U 19 worldcup team (all of a sudden from nowhere)


    But Nasir could not.



    Nasir & Arif should have been openers for Pakistan in WC and both are absent from the squad :-)


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    It seems that he did not perform to selector's standards. He should not be in the team just because other good players are failing. Lets see how U19s do

    As for Nasir his future does not end with the U19 WC non-selection


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    He has been selected by Rawalpindi in their National T20 Cup squad for 2018.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    He has been selected by Rawalpindi in their National T20 Cup squad for 2018.
    The real Pakistani Kohli, isnt he @Abdullah719 ??

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    I think nasir nawaz needs to step up his game and score runs as i feel he can be the guy who could be invested in limited overs formats in future.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    The real Pakistani Kohli, isnt he @Abdullah719 ??
    Better at hitting sixes


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    Btw before we go on hyping him, do remember that he has only played 5 Limited over matches. He may turn out to be a dud.


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    Hopefully this talent isn't wasted.

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    Good to see him back. Just hope the Rawalpindi give him opportunities.

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    According to Cricinfo he hasn’t played a game in 2018
    Any reason why
    I remember one player criticised the arrangements of a tournament last year, saying there isn’t enough crowds, I can’t remember if it was him or not
    But hope if it is him, that’s not the reason he hasn’t played a game this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedz View Post
    According to Cricinfo he hasn’t played a game in 2018
    Any reason why
    I remember one player criticised the arrangements of a tournament last year, saying there isn’t enough crowds, I can’t remember if it was him or not
    But hope if it is him, that’s not the reason he hasn’t played a game this year
    It was him, and most of us on PP have assumed that to be the reason for his disappearance

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    The shot at 1:08 reminded me of KP.

    Clearing the front leg and launching one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypathan View Post
    It was him, and most of us on PP have assumed that to be the reason for his disappearance
    Yh I thought so, I was guessing the same aswell
    Really sad, if that’s the reason why he’s been left out

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    Great opportunity for Nawaz to showcase his talent, now that he has been selected by Islamabad. An outstanding PSL and he might be opening with Fakhar in WC .


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